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The Tragedy of Julius Caesar

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Transcript of The Tragedy of Julius Caesar

The Tragedy of Julius Caesar
By: William Shakespeare

Collage by: Vaishnavi Kundur
Due Date: September 9, 2013

Theme of Act 1
Theme of Act 2
Betrayal
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Betrayal is a prominent theme in act 2 in Shakespeare's play. This is
because Caesar's good friend, Marcus Brutus, betrays Caesar because he thinks that is the only way to rescue Rome from selecting a tyrant leader. A quote that proves Brutus betrayed Caesar because Brutus didn't believe in Caesar was "...And therefore a serpent's egg, Which, hatched, would, as his kind, grow mischievous, And kill him in the shell." (2.1.33-36) Brutus betrayed Caesar; therefore, the first picture shows Brutus killing Caesar. Although, Brutus and the conspirators killed Caesar in act 3, Brutus just accepting to be part of the conspirators shows that Brutus had no faith in Caesar and betrayed him.
The second picture also shows betrayal.
This picture is not specific to Julius Caesar; however, it shows a girl betraying another girl for different friends. This relates to this novel because the three girls represent Brutus joining the conspirators and leaving Caesar.
Lastly, the third picture symbolizes betrayal.
This is because a word that
some people use for betrayal is backstabbing. Although, that is just a metaphor, this picture represents how it feels to be betrayed by someone and Brutus literally stabbed Caesar after betraying him.
Act 2 Picture Explanations
Theme of Act 3
Deception
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Act 1 Picture Explanations
Deception is an important theme in act 1. It is Cassius's strategy to get Brutus to be a part of their conspiracy. Cassius tries to tell Brutus that every plebeian wants Brutus to lead Rome, not Caesar, because Brutus is a very noble man. However, not all of what Cassius said was true, such as, when Cassius said that everyone wanted Brutus to lead, not Caesar. That was not true because Caesar actually had a lot of followers.
The first picture shows deception because the mirror is showing
the lady how she looks, but it's not completely truthful with how she looks bigger than she actually is. This relates to Julius Caesar because Brutus is deceived by Cassius because of only part of his words, not all of them.
The second picture also shows deception in something that drivers use everyday.
This picture depicts deception because although what is shown is correct, the distance is different. For example, if the driver backed up, they might crash into a car behind them that is shown to be farther away. Again, this is only partially true, just like in Julius Caesar.
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The last picture also shows deception between friends.
It shows that two friends are deceiving each other about being friends because they are just stealing things out of each other's pockets. This relates to Julius Caesar because Caesar and Cassius were friends, but Cassius didn't want to have Caesar ruling Rome, so planned to kill him.
Fate Vs. Free Will
Act 3 Picture Explanations
Fate versus free will is a big theme in act 3 of this play. Fate is what decided Caesar's death and free will is what led Caesar to be killed in that way.
The first picture represents fate because Caesar's fate is him
being killed. The soothsayer told Caesar to "Beware the ides of march" but he didn't listen to the soothsayer or Calphurnia and went to the capital on March 15 which was his free will.
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The next picture shows
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fate in a way that people think they can predict it.
This is because a lot
of people believe that a person's fate is "written" on the palm of their hand. This relates to the story of Julius Caesar because it raises questions about how the soothsayer knew that Caesar had to beware the ides of march and why Caesar should have believed him.
What do we blame for Caesar's death?Fate or free will?
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The third picture depicts free will and shows that the consequence is fate.
This picture shows free will because the boy can go either way
because its his own choice. The consequence is his fate because depending on which way he goes, he will face different obstacles. This relates to Julius Caesar because Caesar had a choice of going to the capitol.
Theme of Act 4
Trust
Act 4 Picture Explanations
Trust is a significant portion of act 4. Brutus doubts Cassius in the beginning of this act about Cassius's reasons for murdering Caesar. Because Brutus does not think Cassius is trustworthy, they have an argument; however, they decide to become friends and never argue again. Therefore, Brutus's trust builds again.
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The first picture is
depicting a "trust fall." This is a small test to see if the person falling trusts the person in the back to catch them. This relates to Marcus Brutus and Cassius in this novel because Brutus is like the person falling and has to trust Cassius about killing Caesar for the correct reason and to "catch him."
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The second picture shows trust in a similar way.
This human pyramid requires a lot of trust because the people at the top would not be able to stand on their if they don't trust the people under them. This relates to Brutus and Cassius, also. Brutus is like the people on the top and Cassius has to earn trust by not falling at the bottom.
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The last picture portrays trust in dance between two people.
In this
picture, the girl has to trust the boy to hold on to her so that she doesn't fall. This relates to Brutus and Cassius in the same way. Brutus has to trust Cassius for their friendship and conspiracy to work, just like how the girl has to trust the boy.
Theme of Act 5
Act 5 Picture Explanations
Valor
Valor is a very big theme in act 5 of this play. This is because everyone in the battle must face each other with great courage. For example, the conspirators must face a stronger army with bravery. In addition, the anti-conspirators had to face a very noble man, Brutus. Antony thought Brutus was very courageous and noble because when Brutus died, he said, "This [Brutus] was the noblest Roman of them all...And say to all the world 'This was a man.'"
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The first picture shows valor because the penguin is courageous enough to
wake up the polar bear which is a dangerous task. This is related to Julius Caesar because the penguin is like Brutus, Cassius, and the other conspirators waking up Antony and Octavius's army and starting a battle by killing Caesar.
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The next picture depicts the valor
and pride of Marcus Brutus.
It shows that Brutus was courageous enough to kill himself, so
that his pride is not hurt by having to walk the streets of Rome as a prisoner. Although, he did not jump off of a cliff, this picture shows the same bravery that Brutus had.
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The next
picture shows the bravery of the conspirators. Although they lost, the conspirators, mainly Brutus, had a lot of valor.
It shows how Antony's army was stronger than the conspirators'
army. This was not because of Brutus and Cassius. They were strong and more experienced leaders; however, Antony's army was larger. In the picture, the man represents Brutus and the conspirators, while the tanks represent Antony's army. This also shows that one noble, dedicated, and valorous man, such as Brutus, can make a difference in the world.
Conclusion
All in all, many themes are woven into this play. Each act represents a different theme, but there are many different possibilities for the themes that each act is showing. In short, Shakespeare's novel includes many lessons and themes to be learned.
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